Friday, February 11, 2011

Weekend Reflections - Skirmish Line

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Weekend Reflections by other photographers at Newtown Area Photo.

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89 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

With a line like that, I bet those birds would've beaten the Steelers as well...

California Girl said...

Hi Pat: I like this ALOT. Love the ducks.

John McElveen said...

Great Shot you Ol' Coot! (Don't think that's what they are--we call em that here, but they usually have little white tails!

I wish I could take some lessons from you and we could shoot together!

Awesome Buddy... Bowling for Ducks!!!

J

Esther Montgomery said...

It reminds me of a line of nude bathers getting ready for a chilly Christmas Day plunge.

Esther

Ginnymo said...

Love this photo!!

becca said...

aw look at the cute ducks

Brian said...

Wow, a family reunion!!! Love the picture.

Oilfield Trash said...

I love the pic of the ducks.

Anonymous said...

looks like they are planning a bonfire... :P

Anonymous said...

looks like they are planning a bonfire... :P

Pat Tillett said...

Alex - They did look pretty determined!

California Girl - thanks so much! I love them also!

John - Ha! Bowling for ducks!

Esther - Now there is an image, I didn't need this early in the morning! LOL...

Ginny - thanks Ginny! I just got back from your place...

becca - They are pretty cute!

Brian - A very loud family reunion! Thanks!

Oilfield Trash - Thanks! They are good subjects...

Anon - I wonder if they were going to cook duck on it? Nah...

Meri said...

Spectators at a water polo match?

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love it!! What a terrific line-up for the day! And such great, colorful reflections! I do love those ducks! Wonder what they have on their minds, but they're looking for some trouble to get into! Fun, delightful post for the day, Patrick! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Ebie said...

I see sun colors reflected too!

Marlene said...

What kind of ducks are those?! I don't think I've ever seen an all black duck??? Maybe I've never paid attention! Great shot!

Brenda's Arizona said...

Coots, right?
Fulica americana, according to Sibleys. "duck like" - wonder if he means they taste like duck???

Karen said...

Oh...I love ducks! The reflections on the water are beautiful when the photo is enlarged.

Carolyn Ford said...

Little ducks standing in a row...looking at stunning reflections in the water...very nice, Pat!

Bare bilder - Pictures only said...

Beautiful Patrick.
Have a nice weekend:)
Hugs from Berit.

Woody said...

Nice how the reflection colors go from green to blue to give a nice background.

Reader Wil said...

A beautiful photo of, what I think are coots. We have a lot of coots overhere, mallards and more hungry waterbirds, like huge swans.
Have a great weekend.

cieldequimper said...

Lol, funny and lots of reflections! This must have been some sort of convention! ;-)

Dianne said...

the colors in the water are so lovely
I don't know what game they're playing but I think they have too many men on the field ;)

Pat Tillett said...

Meri - That's funny! They were probably really only trying to get away from me!

Sylvia - thanks Sylvia! There are so many of them around here this time of year. You have a good weekend also!

Ebie - Lot's of colors! thanks!

Marlene - They are "coots." Not really a duck at all. thanks Marlene!

Brenda - Yup! that they are! I'm going to take a walk down to the lake today, so I'll ask them!

Karen - Coots! Thanks! I agree about enlarging it.

Carolyn - thanks Carolyn! I appreciate it!

Berit - Thanks so much! you have a good one also!

Woody - Thanks for commenting Woody! I like them also.

Reader Wil - Yep! Coots they are! We have many birds also. Right now there are a lot of Canadian Geese here for the winter.

cieldequimper - Maybe they were looking for a contact lens or something! Thanks!

Dianne - Thanks so much! They have way too many men on the field!

Clarissa Draper said...

Those birds are adorable!

Sally in WA said...

Great title for this! Tuck a little musket under their wing and then say "Bring it on!"

Bossy Betty said...

Something makes me want to run towards this picture as fast as I can.....

One Woman's Thoughts said...

Party at the Lake!

M Pax said...

Duck party! We have a lot of those in Oregon. :)

Pat Tillett said...

Clarissa - Yes there were/are! I'll be looking for them today also.

Sally - thanks! LOL...

Bossy Betty - It sounds like fun, right up until the time you hit the cold water!

OWT - BYOB!

M Pax - whoo whoo!! I think some of them are wintering by my house!

Kim, USA said...

There are 26 ducks heading to take a cool plunge, aren't they feel cold? Great shot and thanks for the visit too. Happy weekend!

Weekend Reflection

'Tsuki said...

Nice line of duck touchy... :D I especially enjoy the way their grey and black stand out on the reflection of the sky... The contrast is very pleasing.

jeannette said...

You have an eye for the funny, Patrick! It reminds me on certain people who like to go before their turn:)

forgetmenot said...

Thanks for checking out my "Reflection". You sound like you like "everything"--which is good. There is so much to learn and explore in the world, it does get a little overwhelming sometimes. We all just "keep at it and do the best we can". Enjoy the weekend. Mickie

Jimmy said...

Wasn't sure that they were ducks, thanks for clearing it up Pat, nice shot my Friend.

Pat Tillett said...

Kim - Wow! I never thought to count them! good eye! Thanks! you have a good weekend also...

'Tsuki - Thanks so much! I appreciate it!

jeannette - thanks! I guess i do. But I don't crowd! LOL...

forgetmenot - Thanks right back at you! I try to enjoy everything the best I can! You have a good weekend also...

Jimmy - I'm not that good recognizing them, so I looked it up! Thanks Jimmy!

Sharon Wagner said...

Last one in the water lays a rotten egg.

Miss Becky said...

oh, those goose butts get very interesting when enlarged. great capture Pat. have a great weekend!

Katsidhe said...

That is brilliant! I love it.~

TS Hendrik said...

For some reason when I looked at them the first thought that jumped into my head was "Ha! Tourists..."

Great picture Pat.

Cotton Blossom said...

Ha ha! Sharon!

We rarely see more than one or two of those birds out this way... weird to see so many together.

Anna said...

Speaking of photos... where can I find the photos in you header to look at up close?

Leovi said...

Fabulous reflections in the water, contrasting with those warm tones of the reeds, and only the ducks so that the picture is very good.

Lynne H. said...

Wonder who pulled the long reed to be the line leader?
Grat pic as always!!!

Pat Tillett said...

Sharon - that's funny! Or "last one in is a rotten human!"

Miss Becky - thanks so much! You have a great weekend also!

Katsidhe - Why, thank you! I appreciate it.

Tim - Actually, they are tourists! They (and a bunch of Canadian Geese) are apparently wintering here.

Cotton - Yep! Pretty funny! We always have some here, but I guess the "big" winter caused more to migrate this year.

Leovi - Thanks for the nice words Leovi!

Pat Tillett said...

Anna - the little girl is at http://patricktillett.blogspot.com/2010/04/palm-springs-candids-01.html

The train station is at
http://patricktillett.blogspot.com/2010/04/japan-1.html

the red rock photo is at
http://patricktillett.blogspot.com/2010/10/northern-arizona-road-trip-post-1.html


Lynne - Thanks so much Lynne! I'm not sure which one drew the long reed, but I'm glad he led them my way!

Lew said...

I think they are admiring the reflection before hunting for a meal! Great shot!

Chuck said...

Another great shot Pat...I wish my weather was that good right about now. I am posting my version of a weekend reflection today...

Pat Tillett said...

Lew - I think you may be right! Thanks!

Chuck - Thanks so much my friend! It was in the high 70s today! I'm on my way over now...

Ashley King said...

you already know what i'd call this photo.... besides great! ;)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I love the colors in the water. Have a great weekend, Pat.
xoRobyn

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Very beautiful especially viewed in large format ... and wonderful blog !

GVK said...

That's quite a line-up on the waterfront.

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

A perfect line up ready to take off and you were there!
Wonderful!

Dawn said...

Ahh -great title Pat.
And so nice to see an unfrozen lake of water....(sigh)....

tapirgal said...

As others said, these are coots. In California, we called them "mud hens." Cool photo, not only for the birds and reflection, but I like the weeds.

Talei said...

Lovely! Are they egging each other to make the first jump? 'Go on!' - 'No you go on first!'

Have a wonderful weekend! ;-)

Cezar and Léia said...

Gorgeous reflections, it's a funny reunion there! Beautiful critters!
hugs
Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

Rajesh said...

Hey! great shot.

stardust said...

I wonder what ducks are looking at in a row? Maybe a world of fantasy under those shimmering reflections of nice colors? I do love this photo.

Thanks, Pat, for your visit and comment. Tomorrow is also forecasted to be snowing but don’t know how it will in Tokyo.

snowwhite said...

What an intriguing photo it is!! All of the birds face the river looking at something. Or waiting for somothing? But what?
The reflection on the water has springlike atmosphere. Beautiful color・・・
Thank you for sharing your great photo!

Francisca said...

I can't help it, Pat; what came to mind was the ditty:

Six little ducks
That I once knew
Fat ones, skinny ones,
Fair ones, too
But the one little duck
With the feather on his back
He led the others
With a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He led the others
With a quack, quack, quack.

Do you know it? Yeah, I know, there are more than six... :-D

You could've played Camera Critters too.

Crafty Green Poet said...

That really made me smile, what a great photo, I wonder what they're all doing there?

EG Wow said...

I love the colours!

Pat Tillett said...

Ashley - Thanks! I do?

Robyn - Thanks Robyn! You do the same.

Wong - thanks so much! I appreciate it.

GVK - It sure is! Although, I have no idea what they were doing.

Margaret - Maybe they were just trying to get away from me.

Dawn - Thanks Dawn! Sorry about your weather! It's in the mid 70s here.

tapirgal - Yep! "Mud Hens" I totally forgot about that... Thanks!

Talei - "egging!" that's funny!

Leia - Thanks so much! Have a great day!

Rajesh - Thanks so much!

stardust - I have no idea what they are doing! The visit was my pleasure. thanks for commenting.

snowwhite - It sure is! It is pretty much springlike here. Waiting for wildflowers to pop up at any minute!

Francisca - That's so funny! I've never heard it before, but I'm sure it will be stuck in my head for the rest of the day!

Craft Green Poet - thanks so much! I have no idea what they are doing!

Pat Tillett said...

EG Wow - Thanks so much! I appreciate it!

awarewriter said...

Nice shot Pat.

Johnny Nutcase said...

Coots! I like these guys, nice of the bunch!

SquirrelQueen said...

"Okay, which one of you jerks yelled Alligator?"

Great shot Pat, I love the reflection.

Francisca said...

Pat, listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BREC6pDTM3k :-D

Pat Tillett said...

awarewriter - thanks so much!

Johnny Nutcase - I like them also. They are very cool looking!

SQ - That's funny! I wonder what they heck they were doing? Maybe staking out their spots for the boat parade? Thanks!

Francisca - I'm on my way!

JM said...

What a fantastic capture, love it! Well done.

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Jerry said...

Why is this a nice, comforting photo. It guess because it represents a scene that I would enjoy looking at on a peaceful spring day.

Really nice job.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

What a great photo. Fowl, water, reflection . . . who could ask for anything more?

Darryl and Ruth : )

Cheeseboy said...

Perfect name for it.. Great photo.

Pat Tillett said...

JM - Thanks so much! I appreciate it...

TBFKA - OH! Well, thank you very much! I'll be over...

Jerry - It is a nice spring day here! (sorry). Thanks so much!
LOVE your post today...

D&R - thanks so much! Maybe a winning lotto ticket!

Cheeseboy - Thanks my friend!

James said...

Cool shot and a great title! I love the colors that the reflection adds to the water.

heph said...

beautiful capture

Blue Wave 707 said...

Ducks in a row? Funny! :-D

Kato said...

Cute little guys :)

Pat Tillett said...

James - Thanks so much! They were good subjects!

heph - thanks! I appreciate it!

Blue Wave - Well, I guess they were in a row...

Kato - They sure were! There were many more also...

Icy BC said...

Your photo reminds me how much I miss seeing this scene..

Pat Tillett said...

Icy BC - thanks! Just a couple more months, right?

DumbFunnery said...

ha - good title choice. The next time I see a bunch of birds gathered I'm going to think they're plotting.

Pat Tillett said...

DF - Especially if they are walking towards you...

Margaret said...

Ha! Looks like they are all waiting for the ferry to cross! Great shot.

Pat Tillett said...

Margaret - Maybe that's what it is!
It's as good a guess as any...

Evelyn said...

Beautiful shot.